Another Code: Recollection review: cult classic mysteries on the Switch

For a while there was the Nintendo DS the place for mystery games. The antics in the courtroom of the Ace’s attorney series and the puzzle book of detective stories Professor Layton. But rounding out the space was a little studio called Cing, now closed, who released some excellent mysteries for the DS with Hotel Dusk: room 215 And Trace the memory (known outside North America as Another code). They’ve since become cult classics, and now the latter is getting a second chance with a remastered edition for the Switch that keeps all the good parts (namely the story) while sprucing things up for modern players.

The new release – called Another code: reminder – is actually a bundle of two different games. There is Another code for the DS and its sequel, A journey into lost memories, which came out on the Wii but was never officially released in North America. So for some fans of the original game – like me, for example – this is their first chance to experience the full story. Both are visual novels with a heavy dose of puzzles, filled with intricately locked doors and intricate machines that reveal the architect behind the Residential evil country house pride.

The Another code series stars a girl named Ashley who grew up thinking her father died when she was young. Then, out of the blue, just a few days before her 14th birthday, she receives an invitation from her father to meet on the ominously named Blood Edward Island. Once there, Ashley meets an amnesiac ghost named D – who only she can see – and the two explore the island to discover all kinds of secrets together; Ashley discovers the truth about her parents, while D discovers his long-lost memories. There is also a machine that can remove and edit memories from a person’s mind. In short, it’s packed with mysteries to discover. The sequel picks up two years later, with Ashley meeting her father again, this time for a camping trip in the woods, which brings even more secrets.

Interestingly enough, the remaster does not separate the games. You don’t choose one or the other from the main menu. Instead, once you’ve wrapped the original Another codeeverything just rolls over into the next game, making the story feel very cohesive.

However, that is far from the only change in this package. While the excellent story remains the same, as do – as far as I know – most of the puzzles, virtually everything else has been overhauled. There’s voice acting, fully 3D spaces to explore, sleek anime-style visuals, and dynamic cutscenes that frame conversations like a constantly changing motion strip. Plus, the strange gadget Ashley is carrying now looks like a Switch instead of a DS. It all looks and sounds great (and again, it makes the two games feel like a more cohesive package), and there are also some quality of life tweaks that make the experience a little smoother.

First, there is an escalating hint system. It’s optional, but if you enable it you can get hints for puzzles that start out very simple but become increasingly detailed if you wish. This basically allows you to directly choose your own difficulty level. Likewise, it’s quite easy to miss things in the game, so there’s an option where you can enable a directional arrow that will always point you to your next goal. I found both tools very useful during my playthrough; at the very least, the directional arrow stopped me from looking for a walkthrough a few times.

Just like last year, 2024 will be filled with remakes and re-releases; already, there is The Last of Us Part II remastered comes out this week and has been updated Person 3 launch in February. In case of Another codeIf anything, it’s the ideal kind of remaster: taking games that launched a few generations ago (and in some cases only in certain regions) and making them much more accessible while giving them a fresh coat of paint. Memory doesn’t mess with the part of the series that people loved, but brings everything else up to modern standards. It’s a remaster so good that I wonder: when will it come? Hotel Twilight are you coming to De Schakel?

Another code: reminder will launch on Nintendo Switch on January 19.

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